Work and Organizational Psychology focuses on human behavior within organizations and work situations. Why is one a leader and does the other follow? How can organizations attract competent and trustworthy employees? What are the best ways to reward employees? What are effective decision-making processes? How do organizations influence consumer behaviors? What are optimal negotiation tactics? How can organizations shape teams? What role should leaders have in that process? How can we create a healthy workplace? These are some of the questions that are central within our Work and Organizational Psychology programme.
The Master’s programme Work and Organizational Psychology prepares you for practice. During the Master you will gain insight into the individual characteristics and social processes that shape work and organizations. The courses are taught by people who have research experience and experience in the field. Not only will you be able to theorize about problems that you will encounter in organizations, you will also learn to apply these theories to everyday work-related situations.
What are the available methods with which to assess which personality traits fit within a given work environment or function? How can you properly shape and support change management within organizations? What kind of leadership fits best in today’s world? How can you measure leadership? The answers to these and related questions that you obtain during your Master’s programme are bound to have a lasting impact on your career.
The emphasis of the Master’s programme Work and Organizational Psychology lies, on the one hand, in the area of social processes in organizations such as leadership, decision making, and change processes. On the other hand, you can specialize in applied areas such as HR, (personality) assessment, and management. Because of the application-focused character of the Master’s Programme, the link between theory and practice, and the emphasis on practical experience (internship), you will have a strong position on the labor market as a Work and Organizational Psychologist.
As a Master of Science in Psychology you will quickly find a suitable job. You can work in social aid, in hospitals, mental health institutions, or nursing homes. But you can also end up in the corporate world, for example as Human Resource Manager or Organizational consultant. Depending on the programme you choose, you will find a suitable job as psychologist. Check out your career perspectives with the Master programme you choose.
Are you not finished learning yet after your Master’s degree? After that you can apply to various postdoctoral degrees that educate you to become a health psychologist, clinical psychologist, I/O psychologist or psychotherapist, for example.
The research activities of the Organizational Psychology group are bundled together in the LeadershipLab. The LeadershipLab is part of the Institute for Brain and Behavior Amsterdam (IBBA). As a Master’s student you will profit from the expertise and knowledge present within the group and have the opportunity to make a contribution yourself to research and practice during your research for the Master’s thesis. The group is of high international standing and cooperates with a variety of departments and institutions within VU Amsterdam (such as the School of Business and Economics, the NSCR, and the Zijlstra Centre), and with lots of international universities (such as Oxford, Singapore, UCLA, Michigan State, Queensland, UWA). Also, the department has good contacts with major public and private organizations in the Netherlands, in Europe, and beyond.
Leadership, personality, and team dynamics are themes that are central to our departmental research programme. What role do empathy, personality, and leadership play in social interaction? How do people deal with injustices? What must a leader do to optimally motivate people to step up for the group? Which skills should you possess to stay in control of your feelings, and can self-control be accomplished through training? When do we trust others? Are there biological and genetic influences that foster trust and cooperation between people? Read more about these and related questions using the link below.
“Psychology is a very fun, educational, and versatile study, and even though the study is quite broad, it is definitely not shallow. I follow the programme Work and Organizational Psychology because the combination of people and companies really speaks to me. The knowledge that you gain from this degree is very applicable and useful in your own daily life. In short: a study programme that will never go to waste!"
LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION
15 July for Dutch students and EU/EEA students with an international degree who do not need housing services through Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. 1 April for Non-EU/EEA students.
FIELD OF INTEREST
Behavioural and Social Sciences
Depending on your prior education different rules apply for admission requirements, deadlines and the application procedure for the master’s program Psychology: Work and Organizational Psychology. September 1st is the only possible date to start with the Master’s. Enrollment in February is not possible.
Already in possession of a Master’s diploma?
Beware! The costs of a second Master’s degree are not equal to the costs of a first Master’s degree. The enrolment procedure is similar to enrolment with a VU bachelor, a bachelor from a different Dutch University or with an HBO diploma. (follow the links above).
Students who have obtained a VU bachelor Psychology with a minor in Social and Organization Psychology (minor S&O) can enroll directly into the Master’s program Psychology: Work and Organizational Psychology. Psychology students with a different minor can enroll if they meet the following requirements:
Requirements with a different VU bachelor
With a VU bachelor in (International) Business Administration (Bedrijfskunde), Public Administration and Organization Science (Bestuurs- en Organisatiewetenschappen), Communication and Information Science (Communicatie- en Informatiewetenschappen) or Communication Science (Communicatiewetenschap) students can enroll in the Master’s program Psychology: Work and Organizational Psychology if they meet the following requirements:
o Introduction to Psychology (6 ECTS)
o An (introductory) course ‘Work & Organizational Psychology (6 ECTS) (or an equivalent course to be assessed by the Admission Board).
o One of the following more specialized courses: Human Resource Management, Management and Organization, Human Resource Development, Organizational Behavior, Organizational Development (or an equivalent course to be assessed by the Admission Board).
o One extra psychology course, such as personality, social, clinical, developmental, or cognitive psychology.
o Statistics (6 ECTS)
o Research methods (6 ECTS)
o A sufficient grade for M&D3: Individual and Organizational Diagnosis (6 ECTS), or a different more specialized quantitative methods course (e.g., psychometrics, multivariate statistics, multiple regression, or structural equation modelling) (6 EC) (to be assessed by the Admission Board).How to submit an admissions request?
With the application in VUnet students are required to upload the following documents as a ‘Diploma’:
31st July at the latest, your application has to be completed on Studielink and VUnet. You can find more information on VUnet. However, it is advised that you complete your application by the 31s